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Tread Perilously – ‘Star Trek: Voyager – Year of Hell’

Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.

This Week: Star Trek: Voyager’s “Year of Hell”

Tread Perilously‘s Star Trek month continues with an attempt to tread safely with the consensus best episode of Star Trek: Voyager, “Year of Hell.”

When the Voyager wanders into an area of space contested by the Zahl and the Krenim, a Krenim commander (Kurtwood Smith) uses his ship’s ability to alter the timeline, making the Krenim much stronger in a flash. So much so, a suddenly outclassed Voyager finds itself fleeing from Krenim war vessels. Soon, a week of Hell turns to months, and Captain Janeway must make a fateful choice for her crew and command staff. Eventually, Tom Paris and Chakotay find themselves guests of the Krenim commander, as the situation aboard Voyager gets worse. Will they be able to alter time and undo the Year of Hell?

Erik and Justin try to find good things to say about “Year of Hell” and end up complimenting Star Trek: Generations and the TNG episode, “Yesterday’s Enterprise.” Erik also finally admits that The Dark Knight is not a fun movie. His hatred of Tom Paris — but not actor Robert Duncan McNeill — comes up once again. Justin calls out Janeway and Chakotay for leaving the bridge in the middle of a fight. Both wonder why the Vulcan isn’t in charge. Justin suggests Bajorans would make pilgrimages to New Orleans and examines the notion of leisure in the 24th century. Also, both dissect why “Yesterday’s Enterprise” gets away with erasing itself while “Year of Hell” does not.

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